Posted by Rob White on 13 July 2020

A guide to group coached sessions for Olney Runners members during the coronavirus pandemic



  • As a club, we hope everyone will understand the need for all OR members’ and run leaders’ COMPLETE compliance with inevitable restrictions – we cannot risk the safety of any member, and we are not insured by England Athletics unless we all comply. We also have responsibilities to the wider Olney community of course.
  • OR members take part in sessions at their own risk, even though OR are strictly following all Government and England Athletics guidance to minimise any risks. All social distancing rules and regulations in general public use apply as much, or more so, while taking part in OR sessions.
  • Where the club have not listed a situation that might occur (below), you are still personally responsible for acting in the best interests of yourself, other members and the public.
  • We thank you for your cooperation – let’s all enjoy running together safely.



As a result of these principles, you MUST….

  1. Have officially joined and paid for membership of OR during 2020. The club is not insured to accept others and cannot do so. You must be aged 18 or over - although 16/17 year old members can take part if accompanied by parent/guardian. No under 16s.
  2. Book ahead to take part in OR coached sessions so the run leader knows exactly who and how many are expected. If anyone turns up without booking, they will be turned away by the run leader. There will be a closing date by which to register.
  3. Cancel a pre-booked session which you can no longer attend with as much notice as possible so the place can be re-filled. Persistent non-attendance will result in your ability to book sessions being withdrawn as it is unfair to other OR members.
  4. Maintain 2m social distancing before, during and at the end of the session
  5. Wash your hands before and after the session – and use hand sanitiser if needed
  6. Minimise the touching of objects in the public environment, such as gates/posts etc.
  7. Give other path users lots of space to reassure everyone - divert well off the path if needed – and please smile, wave, greet and thank them!
  8. Follow the instructions of run leaders, and be prepared to politely challenge potential risks taken by anyone.
  9. Follow all other Government and England Athletics guidelines, as adopted in full by OR.


As a result of these principles, you MUST NOT….


  1. Touch other people at all, pass any objects to others, or spit during a session.
  2. Share cars to or from sessions, unless the other person is from your own household.
  3. Attend sessions if you have any Covid symptoms whatsoever, or are shielding, have tested positive for Covid or have been told to self-isolate.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following people directly, or request contact via info@olneyrunners.org.uk

  • Sarah McAuliffe                Welfare Officer (re wellbeing, safeguarding etc)
  • Roger Mann                       Covid-19 Coordinator (re Covid procedures/risk assessments etc)


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